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Specialist Hospital Lokoja gets accreditation for Family Medicine

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Specialist Hospital Lokoja gets accreditation for Family Medicine

By Aisha Audu

Efforts to boost the delivery of high-quality health services to Lokoja community and environs in Kogi state, received a boost recently with the accreditation of Department of Family Medicine at the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja by National Postgraduate College of Nigeria.

The accredited department can provide consultantancy services and training of doctors; just as the exercise has afforded the department the opportunity to become fully equipped to meet current standards in family medicine.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof Isah Yahaya who made the disclosure in Lokoja, shortly after hosting the visiting accreditation team, reffairmed governments determination to enhance qualitative health care delivery in Kogi.

The CMD promised to increase the space capacity for more offices and room upon completion of the ongoing construction projects at the Hospital as well as procure more of the unavailable medical materials to fill the gaps in the clinics/wards as observed by the accreditation team.

While applauding Governor Yahaha Bello for creating an enabling environment for health sector to grow in the state, the CMD said the accreditation exercise would be extended to other departments.

It would be recalled that the State Specialist Hospital played host to a team of Senior Fellows from the National Postgraduate College of Nigeria who were in Kogi to accredit Department of Family Medicine of the Hospital.

The accreditation team was led by Dr. Simon Pitman with two others Dr. Benedict Mairiga and Dr. Olabode Shabi.

The accreditation exercise began with a visit to the Hospital Information Management System (Records Department). Other sites visited by the team were the General Out-patient Clinics, Accident and Emergency Ward, Pharmacy Department, Radiology and Pathology Departments, Emergency Paediatric Unit, Labour room, Main theatre, Combined Male and Female Medical/Surgical wards and the NHIS Clinic.

Speaking at the end of the exercise, the team commended the hospital for her commitment to specialist training while noting that specialist training in Family Medicine was well-structured.
They equally applauded the Hospital for her Information Management System which they described as highly efficient and worthy of emulation by other tertiary Hospitals.

However, the team highlighted some of the challenges of the Hospital which include:
Non-availability of manual suction machines as back up existing electronic ones, unavailability of electronic means of tracking out of stock drugs in the Pharmacy as an alternative/adjunct to the available tally system.

It also observed the need to block financial leakages in the NHIS by Doctors and Desk Officers, the need to sponsor Resident Doctors for update courses and examinations as well as space constraints and inadequate sleeping rooms for staff on night duty.

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

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At last resident doctors bow to pressure, suspend nationwide strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD) on Saturday suspended its 10 days old strike after sustained pressure mounted on them to shelve the strike by stakeholders.
The National President of the Association, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi said the strike was suspended after series of long hours of meetings with various stakeholders in the health sector.
He said based on their responsibility to Nigerians and the fact that the Federal government has met some of their demands they have no option but to call off the strike.

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

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Resident Doctors would account for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action, says senate

The Senate committee on health has faulted the strike action embarked upon by the resident Doctors which is having a telling effect on patients.

The chairman of the committee Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said Nigerians would hold the resident doctors responsible for the blood of any patient that dies on account of their ongoing strike action.

Oloriegbe spoke at the public hearing  of the bill entitled  “Federal Medical Centre, Mubi, Adamawa State (Establishment) Bill, 2021” sponsored by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) 

According to him, the National Assembly made every effort to avert the doctors ongoing strike to no avail. 

“We had a marathon meeting just before Easter on March 21st specifically and we agreed on all the issues that were raised by the resident doctors.

He said there three Germain issues which included the payment of salary to house officers which as at that time they also agreed had been essentially been cleared which was the major reason they wanted to go on strike.

“The second one was what they claimed to be payment to local resident doctors, which was an aberration where there was not supposed to be local but the government agreed to commence payment which has started to be done.

“Those are the two critical ones that were germane most of the other issues that were raised were not even issues within the purview of the federal government because they were issues of state governments that owed salaries or something. 

He said they are issues that relate to things that were in 2014, 2015 which was as at that meeting, the Federal Ministry of Finance confirmed that a committee has been set up to look at the other aspects. 

“So we are surprised that the resident doctors went on strike. However, we are not reneging, my counterparts in the house of Representatives are meeting with the resident doctors.”

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

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World Health Day: Govt decries shortage of vaccines as communities groan over neglect n Nasarawa

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Nassarawa State Government has raised the alarm over shortages of essential supplies of COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens who are yet to access the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination particularly the vulnerable persons in the state.

This state commissioner of health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba-Yahaya made the disclosure during the World Health Day in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday.

According to him, “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the light on the inequalities among the citizens amidst shortages of essential supplies, poor people have been pushed to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits in the state.”

He continued: “There are several shades of inequalities, discrimination based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability to disadvantage of the vulnerable populations across the state.”

He, however, emphasized that there was need to start to act on the social and economic determinations of the people, by working across sectors to improve living and working conditions, particularly the marginalized groups.

While reacting on the challenges being faced by the vulnerable persons in the state, he urged leaders at various levels to work together to address inequalities in their respective countries, specially on COVID-19 vaccines.

The commissioner of health also admonished pharmaceutical companies to expand their manufacturing capacity to overcome current supply shortages in the state, urging wealthy individuals to partner with the state government so that the most at risk populations in all countries could be protected.

Also residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas and others in the state have expressed worry over lack of access to COVID-19 test in their locality.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. John Daniel, said they could not access the COVID-19 test in their community, owning to the fact that the health workers trained by the Primary Development Agency in charge of administering COVID-19 tests are focussing on tge rich in the state.

He said: “We are poor people. We have been relegatedto the background because we are not government workers.”

Also speaking to our correspondent, Ovey Timothy, said since the state government commenced the COVID-19 test the health workers have not be able to reach their community.

His words: “We are calling on the state government to urgently intervene and come to their rescue.”

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